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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Extremely Productive... At Unimportant Things



I've been pondering on the wonderful, frustrating and time consuming phenomena that is procrastination. I am a master at it. And I have been trying to figure out why in the name of purple turnips I would EVER make my life harder... on purpose.

You heard me. Procrastination is adding drama and craziness and stress to my life. And I do it on purpose.

I never thought of myself as a "Drama Queen" (ok, don't ask my husband about this... with him I am most definitely overly dramatic. And sometimes when I am hungry I often say something like, "I'm about to DIE of STARVATION!" Alright, so maybe I am a little dramatic. But not in the I-cause-fights-for-fun-way. But in the I-like-to-use-a-lot-of-superlatives-and-proclaim-that-I-am-about-to-die-of-trivial-things kind of way.... If that makes any sense at all... Moving on!) but in procrastinating I am most definitely causing drama.

The problem is... procrastinating is just so fun! I mean, I can watch mindless, hilarious, endless episodes of Friends, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother... I can surf the web, read blogs, stalk people on Facebook or watch adorable kitten youtube videos after adorable kitten video. The list goes on. None are productive or important or productive (yes, productivity is important enough to mention twice). They don't write my papers, fold the laundry, work out or anything.

But man are they fun! And, we all need time to let our hair down and enjoy life. So I am not saying they are bad. They are only bad when I am doing those things instead of doing homework, housework or just work-work.

Why do I procrastinate? Well... sometimes I just don't want to do the work. It is either boring or overwhelming or just... blah (I think it is mainly just overwhelming). So I don't wanna! And later on, when the procrastinating catches up I can feel all important because I am busy and stressed. Isn't that how most of us feel important? When we have a plate overflowing with things to do, not enough time and we can tell our friends, "I just have so much to do!" "I am so stressed out about it." "My to do list is endless."

It's like... being a productive adult has to be stressful and chaotic.

Who made that rule?! I want to know. Because I don't like it.

So, with all this pondering, I have started to understand how much simpler my life would be if I could just... do my stuff when I should and not procrastinate.

I would like to redefine "Adult" for myself as someone who is in control enough of themselves and their life to do the work when it needs to be done, has the power and knowledge of when to say "No" to things that they do not need/want to do, who doesn't overwhelm themselves in an effort to feel "important", and someone who knows how to slow down and enjoy this wonderful journey.

That sounds like a good kind of "Adult". If I can be that kind of adult, I think I'll stop wishing I was 5 years old again. (That was a good time...)

(linking up with: Tell me TuesdayLoving LatelyFlock TogetherGFC, Fact Is, Tell Me About It Tuesday)

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10 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm new to your blog through the GFC Blog Hop! I'm the world's best at procrastinating too, and I totally agree that procrastination is so easy when the work is overwhelming. (Maybe that's what I'm doing right now. haha) Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!
    -Saxon
    letsdrinkcoffeedarling.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh yes procrastination; such a crazy word and yet it never ceases to amaze me how often it stops by and we just let it hang around! Whether it's cause we love to be lazy or just don't want to do what we have to do, procrastination makes its way into our lives and it's a very common conversation. Procrastination is very popular in many people's lives for sure! It's easy to love procrastinating and hold everything to the last minute-when the pressure is on it's a great feeling to have something done before that deadline even after procrastinating (I think that's what gets us to do it over and over again) The solution is obvious: just start well in advance before the deadline even approaches and stop wasting so much time on unimportant things. So as Nike has a motto: Just do it! ;)

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  3. procrastination gets us all, i think! but acknowledging it and moving forward is always a first step. i have found that when i'm trying to overcome procrastination, i have to stop trying to do a overhaul..one thing at a time..one area in life at a time..of course its something i'm always working through though!

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  4. Ha! I love that quote! Story of my life. I found you through the gfc hop. :)

    -Logan
    www.southernsunflowersandcoffeebeans.com

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  5. I am SOOOO bad at procrastination!

    thanks for linking up!

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  6. Loved the cat graphic:) So excited to have found you via the GFC Blog Hop.

    Come say hi!
    elizakprints.blogspot.com

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  7. hi. i'm following the GFC blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    http://www.blackinkpaperie.blogspot.com

    thanks
    new follower bev

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  8. I totally feel you on the procratination. I have gotten better now that I have a full time job and don't have a lot of time to procrastinate, but I definitely still do it. That's how I end up doing half my blog posts at 1 am! I just found your blog and have loved getting to know you better. I hope you don't mind if I follow along!

    new follower :)
    Bonnie
    bonnielouisa.blogspot.com

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  9. You guys are all AWESOME! Sorry I couldn't respond to y'all individually. This cold has had me swamped :(

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